Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Mourners bid farewell to Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty died earlier this month after a long illness

Gerry Rafferty was given a final send-off today as hundreds of mourners paid their last respects at his funeral.

The Scottish music legend, best known for his 1978 hit Baker Street, died on January 4 at the age of 63 following a long illness.

At Gerry's funeral service in Paisley, Renfrewshire, his daughter Martha Rafferty was joined by five other family members to sing his song, Whatever's Written In Your Heart.

Proclaimers duo Charlie and Craig Reid were among those who attended the Requiem Mass, along with the singer-songwriter's friends and family.

The service took place in the cathedral where Gerry married his wife Carla, from whom he split in the 1990s. It stands less than a mile from where he was born.

The musician cut his teeth as a busker and went on to appear with Billy Connolly's folk group The Humblebums.

He later formed Stealers Wheel, with whom he scored a huge hit in 1972 with Stuck In The Middle With You.

The song underwent a renaissance in the early 1990s when it was featured in Quentin Tarantino's hit film Reservoir Dogs.

Baker Street, with its distinctive saxophone solo, reached number three in the UK charts and number two in the US.

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